Kids In Vancouver: 3 Reasons To See Dream Big: Engineering Our World

When I was invited to see a preview of the latest IMAX movie, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, I was weary of the subject matter. I didn’t think I’d be able to sit through 45 minutes of what I thought would be a documentary about engineering – exploring the technical ins and outs of some of our world’s buildings and bridges doused in enough mathematical and scientific jargon to put me to sleep. But I was so very wrong. Not only did I love every moment of the film, but I left with tears in my eyes and an overwhelming desire to tell everyone I know to see the latest OMNIMAX release at Science World.

Here are 3 reasons why you need to grab your kids and head to Science World to see this heartwarming, tear-jerking, action-packed film – about the exciting world of engineering.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Reasons To See Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With The Whole Family

A City With Heart | Photo: Spencer Finlay (Flickr)

For many, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion celebrated with romantic candlelit dinners, long-stemmed roses, and stolen kisses, but for parents with young kids, the day of love can easily shift from a day of passion, to an excuse to order in and implement early bedtimes.

Having kids shouldn’t mean forgoing the Valentine’s Day festivities! Vancouver offers a long list of great Valentine’s Day activities fit for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just 4 of the ways you can celebrate love on February 14th with your kid in tow.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With The Whole Family

Kids In Vancouver: Zoom Into Nano At Science World

Science World | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Science World | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Have you ever wondered how your nose can sense strong smells such as peppermint or bubblegum simply by taking a sniff of something smelly? Have you ever wanted to actually see the particles in the air that we breathe?

Head to Science World and check out their latest exhibit: Zoom Into Nano, a display that is sure to be a hit with future scientists and their science-loving companions. From now until January 2nd, visitors can explore the wondrous world of nano science through interactive activities and brain-busting displays that explore advances in nanotechnology and the tiny world that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Here are some things you’ll want to check out during your visit.

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Kids In Vancouver: Zoom Into Nano At Science World

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The LEGO Imagine Nation Tour (Sept 30 – Oct 2)

LEGO Imagine Nation Tour | Photo: LEGO

LEGO Imagine Nation Tour | Photo: LEGO

Quite possibly the most beloved toy of all time, the rainbow-coloured, interlocking plastic bricks known as LEGO have become a staple in the homes of families across the world – and it’s not just the kids who are obsessing over the pint-sized stackables!

This Fall, LEGO lovers won’t want to miss out on the first-ever LEGO Imagine Nation Tour, scheduled to stop in Vancouver from September 30th – October 2nd at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  This epic, awe-inpsiring LEGO extravaganza will allow families to immerse themselves in interactive games, snap photos with life-sized LEGO models, and bond over brick-building challenges as they explore over 2.5 acres of LEGO fun! Here are just 5 reasons to check out this event next weekend.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The LEGO Imagine Nation Tour (Sept 30 – Oct 2)

5 Free Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver in June

Coquitlam's Teddy Bear Parade. Photo: Festival Coquitlam

One of the best things about summer in Vancouver is the uptick in free things to do, from the free festivals this month that appeal to everyone (check out our list of 20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in June 2012) to free fun for families with kids (and the young at heart of all ages), including June’s Pacific Rim Kite Festival in Vanier Park, Coquitlam’s Teddy Bear Parade and free admission to the Burnaby Village Museum!

5 Free Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver in June 2012

1. Free Admission to the Burnaby Village MuseumMay 5 – September 3, 2012
To celebrate the 100th birthday of their famous 1912 wooden carousel and their 1912 interurban tram, gate admission to the Burnaby Village Museum is free for the entire summer 2012 season! That means visitors can explore this outdoor 1920s village—home to a working blacksmith and lots of authentic 1920s shops—for free and pay just $2.30 per carousel ride!

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5 Free Things to Do with Kids in Vancouver in June

Maplewood Farm – A Farm “Petting Zoo” for Kids

Girl and goat meet at Maplewood Farm. Photo: Maplewood Farm

Kids love animals, but there aren’t a lot of options in Vancouver for getting your kids up-close-and-personal with animals that aren’t someone’s pet (the skunks trolling your neighbourhood after dark don’t count). There’s the amazing Vancouver Aquarium, of course, and the Greater Vancouver Zoo (in Aldergrove), but neither let the kids touch the animals. For that, you have to go to Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver.

The only remaining farm on the North Shore, Maplewood Farm may be best described as a “petting zoo” for farm animals; it’s a popular Vancouver kids’ attraction aimed at children under 10. Home to over 200 animals and birds, Maplewood Farm lets kids pet the goats, feed the rabbits and ducks, and visit cows, sheep, horses, pigs, chickens, and birds. It’s likely to be the closest your urban kid gets to an actual farm experience, and it’s just 20 minutes away from downtown Vancouver.

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Maplewood Farm – A Farm “Petting Zoo” for Kids

New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids

About a week ago, during Afternoon Tea at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Truffles Cafe, I met Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit: Vancouverite, mom, and the founder of yoyomama, a parent- and kid-related resource for families across the Lower Mainland. As a busy, on-the-go parent, Annemarie knew first-hand how frustrating it can be to find things to do with the kids on any given day (I feel her pain!), so she and yoyomamma created “an app for that:” OnTheGoKids, a free iPhone app for finding kid and family activities in Vancouver.

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New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids